Ireland’s growing wrestling scene ‘It’s difficult, it’s challenging  but it’s rewarding…  You can see how much joy it gives the fans.’

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The 1980’s may have been the Golden Age of wrestling, but a grassroots movement here in Ireland is bringing the athletics, the dramatics and the downright fantastical characterisation to a whole new generation of fans.  Liam Geraghty went ringside in the growing wrestling scene to bring the inside scoop to The Business. Over the Top Wrestling is run by Joe …

Documentary on OneWhite Noise

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Orla Higgins does not know what silence sounds like. She has Tinnitus. In her head, she hears a constant parade of storm troopers crunching along on loose gravel. Crunch, crunch, crunch. And there are others like her. 1 in every 10 Irish people has Tinnitus. And they want you to know what it sounds like for them. The high-pitched whine of a dentist’s drill, a steady …

Dark Tourism in Ireland ‘Me standing at the top of a lecture room saying, ‘This was an awful thing that happened,’ does not convey it in the way that just standing inside that ship really conveyed it.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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If you’re looking for something off the beaten track to do with the kids this summer, Irish history expert and dark tourism specialist Dr Gillian O’Brien has an endless list of spooky and historically significant sites to visit.  She joined fellow history enthusiast Ryan Tubridy to discuss the morbid appeal of the macabre and to highlight a few such sites …

The best opening lines in literature‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” “Mother died today. Or maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure.” These oft-quoted opening lines from Pride and Prejudice, 1984 and The Stranger draw readers in with humour, with unexpected dryness, with intrigue. …

Bryony Gordon on running a marathonFor me, exercise was something strange people did.’

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Journalist Bryony Gordon accidentally agreed to run a marathon. And it might be Kate Middleton’s fault. Bryony’s new book, Eat, Drink, Run: How I Got Fit Without Going Too Mad, charts her preparation for her first marathon and the training she says transformed her life for the better. Bryony joined Brenda Donohue on the line from London this afternoon on The Ray D’Arcy Show. Bryony describes the book …

Marie and Catherine Heaney on new collection of Seamus Heaney poetry‘It’s really a life in poetry from his very first poem to his very last one and so you get a lovely grasp of his work.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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In August 2013, tributes poured in from all over the world for the late, great Seamus Heaney. The likes of Bill Clinton and Paul Simon shared their love for the poet and Nobel laureate. His wife, Marie, received thousands of letters including several very touching pages from Prince Charles, who first met Seamus when he delivered the eulogy at the …

The Kidnapped Baby‘The truth was, I wasn’t their son at all…Everything I believed and thought was a lie.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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On the 27th of April 1964, a nurse came into the room of Dora and Chester Fronczak at Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital. Their 1-day-old son, Paul, lay beside them. The nurse told the new parents that she needed to bring Paul for a checkup with the doctor. Unbeknownst to the couple, this woman was not a nurse. Baby Paul Fronczak had been kidnapped from his hospital cot. His disappearance sparked one of the largest missing …

Referendum on women in the home ‘This is about family life’

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“In particular, the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved.  The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home.” So says Article 41.2.1, …